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Boy Scouts of America to allow girls to join Cub, Eagle scout programs

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 12:35pm
(Reuters) - The Boy Scouts of America will allow girls to enroll into its Cub Scouts through a new separate program and allow them to eventually earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout starting in 2018, the organization said in a statement on Wednesday.

Trump to nominate Nielsen as Homeland Security secretary: official

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 12:28pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump was expected to nominate Kirstjen Nielsen, an aide to White House chief of staff John Kelly, to lead the Department of Homeland Security, a White House official said on Wednesday.

CSX CEO apologizes for problems, customers demand improvement

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 12:17pm
(Reuters) - CSX Corp's chief executive apologized on Wednesday for lengthy service disruptions as some major customers said the No. 3 U.S. railroad needs to improve its operations and outline plans for network upgrades.

U.S. justices question Arab Bank liability in militant attacks

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 12:09pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday signaled concern about allowing companies to be sued under American law for human rights abuses abroad in a case involving allegations that Arab Bank Plc helped finance militant attacks in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

U.S. House panel approves $36.5 billion for disaster relief

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 12:04pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee has approved $36.5 billion in emergency funding for relief and recovery from the recent devastating hurricanes and wildfires, a spokeswoman for the committee's chairman said late on Tuesday.

U.S. House panel approves $36.5 bln for disaster relief

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 11:31am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee has approved $36.5 billion in emergency funding for relief and recovery from the recent devastating hurricanes and wildfires, a spokeswoman for the committee's chairman said late on Tuesday.

Ten charged in death of Louisiana State fraternity pledge

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 11:00am
(Reuters) - Police have charged 10 people in the death of a Louisiana State University fraternity pledge after a night of suspected alcohol-fueled hazing at the social group's house, the school said on Wednesday.

Dry weather could propel California wildfires that killed 17

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 10:09am
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters battling wildfires in California's wine country faced the prospect of new outbreaks on Wednesday when dry, windy conditions return to an area where blazes have killed at least 17 people and destroyed 2,000 homes and businesses.

CSX CEO Harrison apologizes to rail customers, defends strategy

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 9:55am
(Reuters) - CSX Corp's chief executive apologized to customers for months of service disruptions at the No. 3 U.S. railroad but passionately defended his operating strategy, at a hearing on Wednesday called by the top U.S. rail regulator.

Trump suggests challenging TV network licenses over 'fake news'

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 9:17am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested challenging media licenses for NBC News and other broadcast news networks, following reports by NBC News in recent days regarding Trump's secretary of state and the country's nuclear arsenal.

U.S. heating costs forecast to be higher this winter: EIA

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 8:07am
(Reuters) - Most U.S. households can expect higher heating expenditures this winter than in the previous two years, according to the government's Winter Fuels Outlook due to be released at 11 a.m. (1500 GMT) on Wednesday.

U.S. House panel approves $36.5 billion for hurricane, wildfire relief

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 7:22am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee has approved $36.5 billion in emergency funding for relief and recovery from the recent devastating hurricanes and wildfires, a spokeswoman for the committee's chairman said late on Tuesday.

Major U.S. rail customers to air complaints over CSX at hearing

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 6:10am
(Reuters) - Cargill Inc, Dow Chemical Co and other major corporate rail customers are expected to speak on Wednesday before the top U.S. rail regulator about their experiences with CSX Corp's network, which has been dogged by service problems since the summer.

Brazilian who led U.S. to $17 million under mattress to plead guilty

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 5:44am
BOSTON (Reuters) - A Brazilian whose arrest led U.S. authorities to discover $17 million hidden under a mattress is expected to plead guilty on Wednesday after being charged with try to launder funds tied to one of the largest pyramid schemes ever.

Three quarters of Americans favor higher taxes for wealthy: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 5:32am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As President Donald Trump promotes a tax plan critics say would raise the federal deficit by slashing corporate rates and eliminating some taxes paid by the rich, some three quarters of Americans believe the wealthiest should pay more, Reuters/Ipsos polling shows.

Wildfires kill 17 in California wine country

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 4:44am
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters battling wildfires in California's wine country face the prospect of new outbreaks when dry, windy conditions return on Wednesday to an area where at least 17 people have been killed and 2,000 homes and businesses destroyed in blazes.

Wildfires kill 15, destroy 1,500 homes and other buildings in California wine country

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 12:41am
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) - Fast-moving wildfires raging across Northern California's wine country have killed 17 people, left about 150 missing and destroyed 1,500 homes, wineries and other structures, state fire officials said on Tuesday.

U.S. Navy says deadly McCain collision was preventable, relieves ship commander

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 9:21pm
TOKYO (Reuters) - The collision of the USS McCain with a merchant ship near Singapore that killed 10 sailors was preventable, the U.S. Navy said on Tuesday after it relieved the warships commander and his deputy from their duties.

Supreme Court tosses one of two travel ban challenges

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 7:15pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out an appeals court ruling that struck down President Donald Trump's previous temporary travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority nations countries that has now expired.

In the mountains of Puerto Rico, hurricane recovery is slower

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 5:50pm
TRUJILLO ALTO, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - In the lowlands of Trujillo Alto, a sprawling suburb of San Juan, clean water once again flows in the homes of most residents. But in the mountainous part of the city, which is largely poor and semi-rural, finding clean water remains a daily struggle.

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